Franz Alexander

American Hungarian-born psychoanalyst (1891-1964)

Franz Gabriel Alexander (22 January 1891 – 8 March 1964) was a Hungarian-American psychoanalyst and physician, who is considered one of the founders of psychosomatic medicine and psychoanalytic criminology.

Quotes about Alexander

  • In the realm of emotion, early childhood experiences have been suspected to be at the root of psychopathology since the earliest theories of Sigmund Freud. Freud's psychoanalytic method aimed at tracing the threads of a patient's earliest childhood memories. Franz Alexander added the goal of allowing the patient to relive these memories in a less pathological environment, a process known as a corrective emotional experience. Although neuroscientists have no data demonstrating that this method operates at the level of neurons ad circuits, emerging results reveal a profound effect of early caregivers on an adult individual's emotional repertoire.
    • Benjamin J. Sadock, Virginia A. Sadock, and Pedro Ruiz, Kaplan and Sadock's Synopsis of Psychiatry: Behavioral Sciences/Clinical Psychiatry, 11th ed. (2015), Chap. 1 : Neural Science; p. 4
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